UPDATED: Man shot during two confrontations at a Burleson home
BURLESON – The Texas Rangers have been asked to investigate two shootings of the same man that took place shortly before 3 p.m. Friday at a residence in the 800 block of Pecan Street. The first shooting was inside the Pecan Street house. A caucasian male in his early 20s was reportedly shot in the mouth, DeAnna Phillips, city of Burleson marketing and communication director, stated in a news release. After he was initially shot, the man tried to exit the house.
While doing so, he came across two Burleson police officers and a Johnson County Constable, who immediately noticed he was armed with both a knife and a gun, reports show. The two Burleson officers and Johnson County constable “discharged their weapons” at the man, Phillips said. Officers and constables at the scene were not identified by name in the release. It was unclear to what extent the man was injured. He was taken by ground ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, according to reports. No medical information was immediately available. The incident started about 2:49 p.m. Friday (today), when a Burleson dispatcher received the initial call about the in-house shooting. “The investigation is ongoing,” states a news release issued by the Burleson Police Department. Initial reports from Facebook indicate officials at Kerr Middle School, 517 S.W. Johnson Avenue, sent out emails to the community explaining the facility had been on lockdown following the shooting. UPDATE: According to additional information provided by Phillips Friday evening, the injured man is believed to have made the phone call to 911 that reported the shooting.
“Evidence from the scene indicates that original gunshot was self-inflicted while the male was inside a residence,” Phillips said in a statement. ” …The male emerged from the residence with a knife and a gun and officers gave numerous verbal commands for him to drop the weapons. The male did not comply and threatened officers with deadly force.”
As of last report, the name of the gentleman was not being released.
“He is in surgery and listed as serious to critical,” Phillips stated Friday evening. “All further media inquiries should be made to DPS Media Relations or the Texas Rangers who are now in charge of the investigation.”
The Burleson Star will continue to cover this story as it develops.